FOREIGN Secretary William Hague visited Bletchley Park yesterday (Thursday) to reveal plans to find and nurture the next generation of code-breakers and computer scientists.
Mr Hague toured the Park, before announcing a £480,000 donation to help secure its future.
The former Tory leader also met with Bletchley Park veterans and school children from Holne Chase Primary School during the two hour tour. He was accompanied by Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ – the modern day precursor of Bletchley Park.
He then gave a speech outlining the importance of the Park and of the UK remaining at the forefront of cyber technology.
Mr Hague announced £480,000 of Foreign Office funding for Bletchley Park which unlocks £5million of Heritage Lottery Funding, the roll-out of SIA Apprentices – a scheme to find up to 100 new recruits for GCHQ and the intelligence agencies, and the launch of this year’s National Cipher Challenge, an annual competition for schools to inspire young people into thinking about a future career in mathematics and cyber security.